Jennifer Lawrence has been in contact with authorities after nude photos of her and a number of other female celebrities, including Ariana Grande, Kate Upton and Victoria Justice, were leaked on 4chan yesterday. The authenticity of all the images could not be verified, although Lawrence's rep has confirmed that it is her featured in the photos. "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,” said Lawrence’s spokeswoman Liz Mahoney on Monday.
They say it ain't over till the fat lady sings, but we'll take this video shared by New Jersey's increasingly svelte governor as a sign that summer 2014 has officially come to a close. On Monday night Chris Christie announced via Twitter that his summer was filled with "beautiful weather, new boardwalks, new babies, & lots of selfies." Judging from the accompanying YouTube video, it was truly the best summer ever. Christie kissed lots of babies, some guy told him he's doing a good job, a lady said "you look good," and a New Jersey teacher declared that she "absolutely" loves him. Even better: Christie wasn't charged with a felony this summer, unlike some Republican governors.
It’s a hell-hot Friday afternoon, and conservative anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and I are walking down a dusty footpath at Burning Man, the annual New Age festival held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. As we stroll past rows of parked RVs on Gold Street, we pass a large tent that advertises “Free Taint Washes." A man approaches us from inside, carrying a jug of water with a misting attachment.
“Would you like a spray?” the man asks.
“Not today,” Norquist says.
The man smiles. “Well, would you like a taint wash?”
A funny-sad back-and-forth appeared in the pages of the Hartford Courant last month.
It started when one Christopher Edge wrote into the letters section to say he had had it and was moving out in a tirade entitled “Farewell, Connecticut.” More positive residents then chimed in with their support for the Nutmeg State. “Running away is not the solution,” chided one Patricia Karwoski.
But what problems could Edge possibly be trying to duck by bailing? Who would run away from Connecticut in the first place? It seems a state not afflicted, a lovely, hilly green hamlet nestled between Boston and New York. It has a low crime rate. It has stellar schools. It has the highest per-capita income of the 50 states. It’s home to Martha Stewart and America’s best pizza, for God’s sake.
Edge complained primarily about the state’s political incompetency and its “freeloaders.” But there’s a much deeper malaise afflicting Connecticut and its angry letter-writers. While there is great wealth, there is stagnant growth. Along with high incomes has come increasing poverty. Amid those million-dollar mansions, the middle class has eroded.
In short, Connecticut has somehow managed to become both the richest and worst economy in America. And what’s worse, America has started to look more and more like Connecticut.
"A man who claimed a member of Gov. Chris Christie's motorcade cut him off got angry enough to follow the car until the drivers hashed it out in the parking lot of the Seaside Park Police Department," the Star-Ledger reports. The aforementioned motorcade member was not Christie himself, but a state trooper tailing the governor's SUV on the way to his summer home on the Jersey Shore. The two parties reportedly talked it out and no charges were filed, just like with the other thing.
It's been a while since we've seen "the Smackdown," a synchronized dance the de Blasios busted out more than a couple times while Bill was running for mayor last year. For the uninitiated: The Smackdown is an unusual routine that involves hand-waving, hand-licking, pavement-slapping, and leaping high into the air. While the dance's origins are unclear, the sheer goofiness of it is something that some people might be tempted to leave behind on the campaign trail. Not the de Blasios! As events such as the Mermaid Parade have taught us, these people are deeply committed to family fun, so we weren't too surprised to see Bill, Chirlane, Chiara, and Dante bring back the Smackdown at Monday's West Indian Day Parade.
If you’ve spent any time as a woman on the internet, the message sent by the 4chan poster who hacked into over 100 female celebrities’ iCloud accounts to obtain nude photos is startlingly familiar: As a woman — especially a woman in the public eye — you will never be safe from harassment, ridicule, or public degradation online.
Rick Perry Says He Didn’t Mean to Tweet About How His Political Enemy Is ‘the Most Drunk Democrat in Texas’By Caroline Bankoff
While most Americans were out enjoying the long weekend, Rick Perry, or some person with access to Rick Perry's personal Twitter account, was stewing over his recent felony indictment. Perry's two abuse-of-power charges are the result of a showdown with Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmburg, a Democrat who was caught driving drunk last year. After Lehmburg's arrest, Perry threatened to slash her office's budget unless she gave her up job. Lehmburg refused to resign, so Perry withheld the money — and that's why we now have a glasses-free mug shot of the Texas governor. It's also why we now have the especially dumb beer ad parody that Perry tweeted in the middle of Sunday night.
If Ted Cruz had any supporters in the Bronx, he has certainly lost them now. During a Saturday speech at something called the Americans for Prosperity's Defending the American Dream Summit, Cruz used a dig at the borough to criticize New York Senator Chuck Schumer's position on immigration reform. "Now, I understand that Manhattan is very concerned with their security with the Bronx, but it's a little bit different on 2,000 miles of the Rio Grande," said the Texas tea partier, whose knowledge of the area is probably entirely based on a single late-night viewing of Fort Apache, the Bronx.